Progressive teen activist Ziad Ahmed posted a rant on TikTok urging Bernie Sanders supporters to vote for Joe Biden in the upcoming election.
“I’m seeing way too many of my peers proudly claim that they won’t be voting for Biden in November, so I made this TikTok in response,” Ahmed tweeted.
Ahmed, a former Sanders supporter, is the same activist who was admitted to Stanford University after only writing the words, “#BlackLivesMatter” as his admission essay. He is currently a student at Yale University.
In his TikTok, Ahmed said Sanders supporters don’t get brownie points to sticking by their ideology.
“To the Bernie supporters on this app who still refuse to support Biden, my question to you is, who are you serving and who are you helping? You get no brownie points for posturing ideological purity,” Ahmed said. “You don’t help anyone because you feel better.”
I’m seeing way too many of my peers proudly claim that they won’t be voting for Biden in November, so I made this TikTok in response.
— Ziad Ahmed (@ziadahmed) April 11, 2020
Ahmed continued by saying issues like global warming and abortion access are more important than feeling good about who an individual votes for.
“You know what does help people? Having a president who believes climate change is real and happening. You know what does help people? Having a president that will name a vice president that is a woman that will defend women’s rights,” Ahmed said.
But the passionate pitch to young voters rings hollow given Ahmed’s personal background and devotion to the Democratic establishment. Ahmed’s father is the former CEO of Citibank, representing the very type of big banks and billionaires Sanders supporters loathe.
Old photos show Ahmed posing with failed 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who previously slammed Sanders and his supporters saying in a January interview that “nobody likes him.”
Sanders supporters will not likely be swayed by the rantings of a rich, entitled activist with major ties to the Democratic establishment.